Top 5 Plant-Based Nutrition Books to Read in 2017

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Whether you’re just beginning your plant-based journey or you’ve been on this lifestyle for a while, it’s always nice to have some reassurance that you’re doing the right thing.

Don’t let others deter you from the path by scaring you into thinking you’re being “extreme” or ignorant in your choice to eat, oh my goodness, plants.

Eating the foods that we are best suited for, regardless of how mainstream society views that choice, will be one of the best actions you can take for your health and well-being. Not to mention the animals, the environment, and, well, the planet as a whole.

You’re in charge of your life. And your education.

So take action.

The more you read, watch, and learn, the more confident you’ll become.

In turn, this will help you as well as those you share the plant-based message with because others will be comforted by your confidence and ability to address their concerns. And, you’ll be better able to point them in the direction of quality resources where they can learn more.

By learning about the health and science side of things, you’ll gain confidence that eating whole, plant foods really is the best way to go.

So, if it’s important to you, keep moving forward with your own self-education on the topic of health. Knowledgeable, reliable, and high quality sources are always preferred.

In particular, books by some of the most prominent individuals in the field of plant-based nutrition are many of the best resources out there. Especially when they’ve got the science and experience presented in a way that everyone can understand and benefit from.

To start 2017 off right, read these 5 plant-based nutrition books and you’ll be even more confident with a whole food, plant-based lifestyle:

1) The Cheese Trap

Top 5 Plant-Based Nutrition Books to Read in 2017

The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy by Neal D. Barnard, MD.

Dairy, and cheese in particular, is often cited as one of the most difficult things for people to let go of when they go vegan. Often vegetarians cling to it, having more cheese-based dishes than many meat-eaters. Plenty of women snack on it relentlessly, defending their habit with half-baked arguments featuring terms like “calcium” and “strong bones.”

So what is it about cheese that people are so hooked on? And is it actually good for you?

Dr. Neal Barnard answers your questions while providing advice and tips to help ease the transition away from cheese, including plant-based recipes by Dreena Burton (Plant-Powered Kitchen and the Plant-Powered Families cookbook).

Get your copy of The Cheese Trap here.

2) The China Study: Revised and Expanded Edition 

Top 5 Plant-Based Nutrition Books to Read in 2017

The China Study: Revised and Expanded Edition: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD

Conducted over many years, The China Study helps identity the link between diet and illness. Read and learn about the dangers of a diet high in animal protein and the science behind why a low fat, low protein plant-based diet is optimal for humans.

T. Colin Campbell has long been an advocate for a whole food, plant-based diet and lifestyle. For him it all began with The China Study. Read it, and you’ll understand why.

Get your copy of the new edition here.

Related: Top 20 Plant-Based Health Professionals to Follow on Social Media

3) Forks Over Knives Family

Top 5 Plant-Based Nutrition Books to Read in 2017

Forks Over Knives Family: Every Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy Kids on a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet by Alona Pulde, MD and Matthew Lederman, MD

Covering all of the aspects related to raising a healthy, happy family, Forks Over Knives Family is one comprehensive guide.

While trying to help keep kids healthy, numerous challenges present themselves as they grow. 

From how to navigate social situations to nutrition concerns, this book has it all. Answering your questions, providing tips, and sharing kid-friendly recipes, Forks Over Knives Family will reassure you that you’re not alone. Further, it will reinforce that teaching your children how to live a healthy, plant-based lifestyle really is one of the best things you can do for them. 

4) Proteinaholic

Top 5 Plant-Based Nutrition Books to Read in 2017

Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It by Garth Davis, MD with Howard Jacobson, PhD

Is society’s obsession with eating more protein good for our health? Should we be making sure we eat more, or are we getting too much?

Proteinaholic addresses the protein issue.

Written by Garth Davis, a surgeon specializing in weight loss, who explains the dangers of excess protein and how to successfully lose weight for long-term, sustainable health.

Get your copy of Proteinaholic here.

Related: 5 Tips From a Former “Junk Food Vegan”

5) How Not to Die

Top 5 Plant-Based Nutrition Books to Read in 2017

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger, MD with Gene Stone

By Michael Greger, of, How Not to Die presents the science behind how a whole food, plant-based diet can prevent, and even reverse many of the chronic illnesses that are prevalent in society.

In addition, Dr. Greger shares examples of how many plant foods have a long history of healing and contributing to a healthy lifestyle.

Get your copy of How Not to Die.

So, read up!

And remember:

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin


Get the tips and resources you need to succeed on a healthy, plant-based lifestyle—all in one place—with TheVeganJunction’s Plant-Based Directory.

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